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Volkswagen India announces line-up for first-ever Virtual Racing Championship

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NEW DELHI: Volkswagen Motorsport India on Friday announced the final line-up for the inaugural Virtual Racing Championship that is going to be held on November 21. Out of 4500 registrations, only 28 made it to the 2020 Polo Championship.
The final 28 candidates qualified using a PC, laptop, or PlayStation in the selection stages. After undergoing rigorous qualifying rounds, the 28 contestants will now take on each other in the upcoming races.
The inaugural championship in India, VW-VRC will offer high driving standards of real racing in a virtual environment. The Virtual Racing Championship was started in a bid to keep the motorsport momentum moving by recreating the entire experience virtually. Parallelly, the automaker also intends to create a platform for racing enthusiasts to nurture young talents and accelerate their career in the domain.
For the final rounds of the virtual championship, Volkswagen Motorsport India will monitor the races through race controls and ensure that the championship is held as per the protocols. To make it a fair platform, the participants can access the data from the game to help them in analysis and improve their skills.
Aligned to the real racing format, VW-VRC will include five rounds with two races per round. Each event will witness the additional participation of 2 guest racers. Individual rounds will further consist of three practice sessions, one qualifying session, and two races. The grid for the first race will be formed on the basis of the qualifying session, while the grid for the second race will be based on the top 12 contenders finishing in the first race, being reversed for the start of the second race.
“We would like to congratulate all the 28 participants and wish them luck for the championship. The VW-VRC is our responsible prospect to touch base with scores of motorsport followers from across the world. Bringing the virtual racing format for the first time in India, we are confident that the championship will receive the same positive response as our track competition,” said Sirish Vissa, Head, Volkswagen Motorsport India.


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TKM says it will pursue enquiry against employees, union says it’s open for long-drawn battle

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The logjam arising from the workers strike at the automaker Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKML), near Bengaluru, continued on Thursday, with both company management and employees union refusing to budge from their position even as they are nearing the December 7 deadline set by the government to sort issues out.

While the union called for revocation of suspension of 40 employees, the company issued a statement saying it cannot go back on matters of discipline, but will pursue the enquiry against suspended employees in a “free and fair” manner with the enquiry officer being third party officer.

Suspension pending enquiry (SPE), the Japanese firm said in a statement, is neither a punishment nor a loss of job but a standard practice followed in the event of misconduct by an employee. During the period of enquiry, the suspended employee will get a subsistence allowance, and the person is reinstated at work if the enquiry officer gives a clean chit.

“Discipline will always be at the core of TKM’s operations and the company will continue to provide a conducive working environment at all levels without compromising the basic work culture,” the statement said.

Earlier in the day, the employees union announced at a media conference that they are prepared both for negotiations with the management as well as a “long-drawn conflict.” The union said they have issues about the workload, and when they expressed their anguish briefly November 9, about 40 employees were suspended.

The management, the union said, has asked employees to sign an undertaking committing to meet “required production,”, but there is no clarity on this production aspect.

Even after the government prohibited the lock-out, only a few employees have reported to work, and the majority have continued their “illegal strike.” For the plant operations to run smoothly & effectively, a minimum workforce of 90% in each shift is required, the statement added.


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Maruti not to get Vitara Brezza produced at Toyota plant, to replace it with another model

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NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday said it will not get its compact SUV Vitara Brezza manufactured at Toyota Kirloskar Motor‘s manufacturing plant in Karnataka as was decided earlier.
The country’s largest carmaker said it will allot some other model, in place of Vitara Brezza, to be manufactured at the Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) plant.
It however did not disclose the name of the model which will now be produced at the TKM plant where work is temporarily suspended due to an issue between the worker union and management.
“The Board has, today, approved to change the model to be manufactured at TKM from Vitara Brezza to another model,” MSI said in a regulatory filing.
When contacted a TKM spokesperson said: “After thorough discussions between Suzuki and Toyota, both companies have mutually made such a decision. We would like to refrain from commenting further at this moment, regarding our future product plans.”
Last year in March, the MSI board had approved allowing production of Vitara Brezza at TKM’s Bidadi plant starting 2022.
Already, as per a global collaboration between Toyota and Suzuki, MSI sells Vitara Brezza to TKM which after making certain design changes sells the model as Urban Cruiser in the domestic market.
TKM also gets MSI’s premium hatchback Baleno under the same arrangement and sells it as Glanza in the market.
In March 2018, in continuation of their partnership discussions that kicked off in 2017, Suzuki agreed to supply premium hatchback Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza to Toyota, while Toyota in return decided to supply its Corolla sedan to Suzuki.
Later, the two companies agreed to expand the scope of their collaboration and discuss new joint projects in the fields of technological development, vehicle production, and market development.
Under the agreement, TKM would manufacture models developed by Suzuki for sale in India through their respective brand networks.
Moreover, the two firms decided to look at cooperation in exports of models developed by Suzuki, including those produced by TKM – the Indian arm of Toyota- from India to Africa and other markets through their global sales networks.


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Tata Nexon EV sales: Tata Nexon EV crosses 2,000 sales mark in record time of three months

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Tata Motors on Thursday said Nexon EV has crossed 2,000 sales milestone in the country. In over 10 months, since launch, the sales of the Nexon EV reached 2,200 units as of last month indicating the rapid demand for electric vehicles the personal car segment, the auto major said in a statement.

After rolling out the 1000th Nexon EV in August this year, the compact SUV clocked in another 1,000 sales units in a record time of three months, it added.

The Nexon EV has emerged as the best-selling electric car in the country, the automaker said.

Currently, Tata Motors is leading the EV segment with a 74 per cent market share, it added.

“The Nexon EV, since launch, has captured the imagination of the entire nation and has consistently led the way for the electric vehicle segment,” Tata Motors President – Passenger Vehicle Business Unit Shailesh Chandra said.

Offering connected drive experience with zero emissions and at an attractive pricing, the Nexon EV has found widespread acceptance among its customers, he added.

“This growing demand is on the back of increased awareness, growing charging infrastructure, encouraging government incentives, breaking myths that surrounds EVs, and most importantly the undisputed benefits that it offers i.e. lower operating cost,” Chandra said.

Further, with the continued support from the government in terms of incentives such as benefits on registration and road tax, the company hopes that EVs will soon become the most desirable and a mainstream choice for the customers in India, he added.


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